Williamsburg, Va. –The Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH) hosted a private dedication on May 5 to celebrate the recently renamed "Jane D. McKinney Driver Rehabilitation Program" with Dr. Jane McKinney and her family.

Dr. McKinney is a retired professor of Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and experienced first-hand the benefits of Riverside CEALH's driving rehabilitation program.

When the effects of a serious surgery led Dr. McKinney to believe she may never get behind the wheel of a car again, she chose to enroll in the Driver Rehabilitation Program at Riverside.  She passed her comprehensive evaluation, and the program ultimately restored her confidence and enabled her to continue driving and living independent in her Williamsburg home.

As a result of her positive experience with the program, Dr. McKinney presented a generous financial gift to the Center, which will allow Riverside CEALH to continue supporting the community through innovative research and programs. The gift will directly benefit CEALH's driver rehabilitation program, which provides comprehensive driving evaluations and rehabilitative services to approximately 150 drivers each year.

Riverside elected to rename its driving program in honor of Dr. McKinney and her support of the program.

"We are so grateful for and humbled by Dr. McKinney's gift," said Rick Jackson, Executive Director for Riverside CEALH. "Her support will allow us to continue delivering these much-needed services that improve the independence and wellbeing of older adults throughout our community and beyond," Jackson said.

"We are delighted to be able to show our heartfelt appreciation by naming the Driver Rehabilitation Program in her honor," he said.

Riverside CEALH is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research agency. The ability of CEALH to remain active and engaged in transformational research and application is dependent upon the generosity of donors and community support. More information can be found by visiting www.riversideonline.com/giving.

ABOUT THE RIVERSIDE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN AGING AND LIFELONG HEALTH (CEALH):

Riverside CEALH is a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of older adults through innovative, translational research and community application. As a result of CEALH's efforts, more and more aging adults are discovering renewed health and an improved quality of life. CEALH's services include caregiver support programs, geriatric assessments, driver rehabilitation, aging research and clinical trials.

Published: May 5, 2015